109 Atlanta Educators Suspected of Test Cheating
(AJC) — An investigative panel has recommended that 109 principals, assistant principals, school-based testing coordinators and teachers face further scrutiny or sanctions after it found evidence of suspected cheating at 58 Atlanta Public Schools.
Jolted into action by an audit that suggested irregularities on state standardized tests, the panel released its final report Monday after an exhaustive five-month inquiry. Among key findings:
· 78 of those city school employees worked at just 12 schools, emblematic of “schoolwide institutional issues” that warrant wholesale changes of those campuses, according to panel chairman Gary Price.
· 25 employees at another 13 schools appear to have acted individually.
· So did six employees at the remaining 33 schools investigated by the panel.